||Who Is God? Ancient Origin Myths Many creation myths exist.
Nearly every culture from Native American to Chinese, Hindu to ancient
Norse, have legends or myths that attempt to explain how the earth and
universe began. These myths are obvious fiction. The Enuma Elish, was
discovered on seven clay tablets in the late 1800s. It is an ancient
Babylonian myth about the origin of their gods and the beginning of the
world. "When on high the heaven had not been named, Firm ground below had
not been called by name, Naught but primordial Apsu, their begetter, (And)
Mummu-Tiamat, she who bore them all...Then it was that the gods were
formed within them. . .troubled the mood of Tiamat by their hilarity in
the Abode of Heaven . . . Apsu, opening his mouth, Said unto resplendent
Tiamat: 'Their ways are verily loathsome unto me by day I find no relief,
nor repose by night. I will destroy, I will wreck their ways, That quiet
may be restored. Let us have rest!' (Now) whatever they had plotted
between them, Was repeated unto the gods . . . Surpassing in wisdom,
accomplished, resourceful, Ea, the all-wise, saw through their
scheme...When Apsu he had made prone, drenched with sleep, Mummu, the
adviser, was powerless to stir He loosened his band, tore off his tiara,
Removed his halo (and) put it on himself. Having fettered Apsu, he slew
him. Mummu he bound and left behind lock . . .."1 This story was written
sometime in the 12th century BC. To our educated modern minds it seems a
far-fetched and silly attempt to explain concepts beyond their grasp.
Modern Origin Myths Many people today believe in equally unprovable
explanations of how we got here. These explanations require believing some
really wild assumptions. For example, a philosophy called materialism
assumes the following unproven statements to be fact: 1. Matter is all
that exists. 2. Matter originated itself. 3. No divine intervention has
ever happened. 4. God has not revealed to us details about the past. None
of these statements can be proven or demonstrated. Yet many people firmly
believe them to be true. To believe in something you personally cannot
prove is to exercise faith. The most common faith based on materialism is
the Theory of Evolution. It takes materialism's unprovable assumptions and
tries to explain the origin of everything. It makes own unprovable
assumptions: 1. Matter developed from Nothing (explanations include the
famous "Big Bang"). 2. Living matter developed from non-living matter. 3.
Complex multi-celled organisms developed from simple single-celled
organisms. 4. Intelligent moral creatures developed from non-intelligent
amoral matter. 5. Religions result from human yearnings not supernatural
revelation. Faith in this theory influences many vocal scientists. In
turn, they interpret historic evidence and scientific exploration in light
of these unprovable assumptions. Unfortunately, they claim to be
presenting scientific fact, when they are really offering explanations
based on their faith. Faith vs. Fact Facts do not speak for themselves.
Your age is a fact. But what does it mean? Nothing by itself. Facts are
usually only useful for answering questions. Let's say we want to answer
the question, "Are you old enough to legally drive a car?" Now your age
becomes important. But, without knowing the legal age-limit, your age is
still a useless fact. By itself, your age is a meaningless fact. But
compared to the fact of the driving age-limit, it gains meaning. Now the
fact tells us whether you are old enough to drive, or not. Let's say we
find a fossil in an archeological dig. What does that fossil mean? Nothing
by itself. It does not come stamped with the answers to our questions. It
doesn't say how old it is or how it died or why it was there. To figure
those things out we rely on other facts and assumptions. We can determine
the physical facts about the fossil, such as its size, location of
discovery, and chemical content. But to give them meaning, we need
questions. Question #1: What is it? Well, we can compare its size with
fossils of similar size to try to identify it. Oh, looks like a fish!
Question #2: How did it get in our archaeological dig in a desert? We
don't know. But we can take some guesses. If we found the fish fossil near
a wolf fossil we might guess that a wild animal carried it here. If we
found other signs that water was once here, we could guess that the fish
died in a body of water that used to cover the desert. We might be able to
make good or bad guesses, depending on how many facts we have and how many
assumptions. Question #3: How old is it? No idea. We might be able to
guess by comparing some of its chemicals with chemicals in similar animals
alive today. But that process involves several assumptions. For example,
we have to assume how much of the chemical the animal originally
contained. Even if we know how long it takes the chemical to decay, we
have to assume the decay rate was constant. What if we knew the age of the
rocks we found it in? Even worse problem. Most rocks are dated using
incredible assumptions based on faith in evolution. If the assumptions are
wrong, then the interpretations based on them are wrong. Materialism and
evolution are based on unprovable assumptions. It takes faith to believe
in them. Geneticist Richard Lewontin, a strong supporter of evolutionary
biology, says that evolution is a biased way of looking at things,
regardless of the facts: "We take the side of science in spite of the
patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to
fulfil many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of
the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so
stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism.
It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us
to accept the material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the
contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes
to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce
material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how
mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is an absolute,
for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door [Emphasis in original]."2
Certainly this kind of bias does not rely on impartial scientific fact.
Yet, we are often led to believe that science is fact, but religion is
faith. In reality, evolution is just as dependent on faith as is religion.
Chemist Jonathan Sarfati, a strong advocate of Creationist science, offers
the following comment: "Creationists don't pretend that any knowledge,
science included, can be pursued without presuppositions (i.e. prior
religious/philisophical beliefs). Creationists affirm that creation cannot
ultimately be divorced from the Bible any more than evolution can
ultimately be divorced from its naturalistic [materialistic] starting
point that excludes divine creation a priori."3 Wernher von Braun, "Father
of the American Space Program," and also a Creationist wrote: "Manned
space flight is an amazing achievement, but it has opened for mankind thus
far only a tiny door for viewing the awesome reaches of space. An outlook
through this peephole at the vast mysteries of the universe should only
confirm our belief in the certainty of its Creator. I find it as difficult
to understand a scientist who does not acknowledge the presence of a
superior rationality behind the existence of the universe as it is to
comprehend a theologian who would deny the advance of science."4 Finding
An Origins Answer The best proof of past events is a reliable eyewitness
account. Because evolutionists reject divine intervention in human
affairs, they refuse the possibility that God has recorded exactly how
matter and life (and humanity) came into being. So, evolutionists rely on
their faith in materialism to help them explain origins. Biblical
Creationists believe that God, who was there at the origin, recorded His
accurate eyewitness account in the book of Genesis, in the Bible.
Furthermore, accurate facts can be honestly and reasonably interpreted to
support this claim. We can know how we got here, by turning to the Bible
to see what God says. The Bible is God's story. So Who Is God, Anyway?
What is God? Is he a mortal like us? Is he made of flesh and blood? No.
God is spirit. His essence is not made of matter. He is intelligence
without matter, yet controlling all matter. John 4:24 says, "God is a
Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in
truth." Because of this, God transcends matter. He does not begin and end
as matter does. He does not change like matter does. He does not require
matter for His existence. He changes and controls matter. He can supervise
all matter at once. The Bible shows us these truths and others about God's
nature: 1. God is eternal-He alone lasts forever. All matter has a
beginning and an ending, but God always exists. Psalms 90:2, "Before the
mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the
world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God." 2. God is
changeless-He is perfect and does not change, nor can he alter His nature.
James 1:17, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and
cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness,
neither shadow of turning." 3. God is self-sufficient-He does not need
anyone or anything, having existed before all of the material creation
existed. Isaiah 40:28, "Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the
everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth
not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding." 4. God
is everywhere all the time-Not that He is everything, and everything is
Him. Rather, He can be present at every place in every instance because of
his unique nature. Psalm 139:7-10, "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or
whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou
art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the
wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even
there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me." 5. God
possesses all power-He has complete control over the matter He created. In
Luke 1:37 we read, "For with God nothing shall be impossible." 6. God
knows everything-God is completely aware of everything in all parts of His
creation. Psalm 147:5 tells us, "Great is our Lord, and of great power:
his understanding is infinite." 7. God is trinity-He is one God, yet has
three distinct personalities. Matthew 28:19, "Go ye therefore, and teach
all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and
of the Holy Ghost:" Notice that the word "name" is singular and is
purposely recorded as singular. Notice Genesis 1:26, "And God said, Let us
make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over
the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle,
and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon
the earth." Again, notice the purposeful use of the plural ("us" and
"ours") when describing the singular action of one God. The Bible clearly
teaches that God is One God, yet comprised of three distinct persons. 8.
God is the only god-There is no such creature as a semi-divine, almost
all-powerful being as depicted in Greek and Roman mythologies. Aside from
human imagination, there is no such thing as a "god." The only God is the
one true God, the all-powerful, fully divine being who created all that
exists. In Isaiah 45:5 we read, "I am the LORD, and there is none else,
there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:"
We further read in, Isaiah 45:22, "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the
ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else."
Lesson #2 Review
1.What is “materialism”?
2.What assumptions form the basis for the Theory of Evolution?
3.How do facts obtain meaning?
4.How is much of modern science biased with regard to origins?
5.Why have some scientists still believed in Creation even when many
of their colleagues chose evolution?
6.How can we know what happened “in the beginning”?